The Silent Cinema Reader

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The Silent Cinema Reader brings together key writings on cinema from the beginnings of film in 1894 to the advent of sound in 1927, addressing the development of film production and exhibition technologies, methods of distribution, film form, and film culture during this critical period on film history. Thematic sections address: film projection and variety shows; storytelling and the Nickelodeon; cinema and reform; feature films and cinema programs; classical Hollywood cinema and European national cinemas. Each section is introduced by the editors, and contains suggestions for further readings and film viewings.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415252836
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 1/28/2004
  • Pages: 448
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Notes on contributors
Introduction 1
Prologue: Introduction 11
1 At the Beginning: Motion Picture Production, Representation and Ideology at the Edison and Lumiere Companies 15
Pt. I Film projection and variety shows
Introduction 31
2 "Now You See It, Now You Don't": The Temporality of the Cinema of Attractions 41
3 The Kiss in the Tunnel (1899), G. A. Smith and the Emergence of the Edited Film in England 51
4 The Cinema of Attractions in France, 1896-1904 63
Pt. II Storytelling and the nickelodeon
Introduction 77
5 Moving Towards Fictional Narratives: Story Films Become the Dominant Product, 1903-1904 87
6 Pathe Goes to Town: French Films Create a Market for the Nickelodeon, 1903-1906 103
7 Manhattan Nickelodeons: New Data on Audiences and Exhibitors 119
Pt. III Cinema and reform
Introduction 135
8 From the Opium Den to the Theatre of Morality: Moral Discourse and the Film Process in Early American Cinema 145
9 How Many Times Shall Caesar Bleed in Sport: Shakespeare and the Cultural Debate about Moving Pictures 155
10 Fighting Films: Race, Morality, and the Governing of Cinema, 1912-1915 169
Pt. IV Feature films and cinema programmes
Introduction 187
11 A Star is Born: American Culture and the Dynamics of Charlie Chaplin's Star Image, 1913-1916 197
12 An Awful Struggle Between Love and Ambition: Serial Heroines, Serial Stars and Their Female Fans 210
13 Traffic in Souls (1913): An Experiment in Feature-Length Narrative Construction 226
14 Race, Melodrama, and the Birth of a Nation (1915) 242
15 The International Exploration of Cinematic Expressivity 254
Pt. V Classical Hollywood cinema
Introduction 271
16 The Making of a Comic Star: Buster Keaton and the Saphead (1920) 279
17 "The Perfect Lover"?: Valentino and Ethnic Masculinity in the 1920s 290
18 The New Woman and Consumer Culture: Cecil B. DeMille's Sex Comedies 305
19 The Open Door: Hollywood's Public Relations at Home and Abroad, 1922-1928 318
Pt. VI European cinemas
Introduction 329
20 New Notes on Russian Film Culture Between 1908 and 1919 339
21 Early Alternatives to the Hollywood Mode of Production: Implications for Europe's Avant-Gardes 349
22 Monumental Heroics: Form and style in Eisenstein's Silent Films 368
23 Art and Industry: German Cinema of the 1920s 389
Bibliography 401
Index 416
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